Worlds Largest Fresh Water Fish

List of the largest fresh water fish alive today known to man.

Worlds Largest Fresh Water Fish

Alligator Gar {Atractosteus spatula}
The Alligator Gar is the largest exclusively freshwater
fish found in North America, measuring eight to ten feet
and weighting at least 200 lbs. The current world
record for the largest Alligator Gar caught on rod and
reel is 279 lbs. and the largest taken by Bowfishing is
365 lbs. The fish is also known for its ability to survive
out of the water, being able to last up to two hours
above the surface.

Arapaima {Arapaima gigas}
Also called the pirarucu, Amazon’s Arapaima are the
largest fish in South America. The biggest of these
living fossils have been known to reach over fifteen feet
long and weighting over 400 lbs.

Beluga {Huso huso}
Known as the European sturgeon, the Beluga is the
largest of the sturgeon family. They are found primarily
in the Caspian and Black Sea basins, and occasionally
in the Adriatic Sea. They live for almost 120 years and
can grow to be well over twenty feet long. They live in
fresh and salt water, but are considered fresh water
fish because that is where they spend the majority of
their lives. The numbers of Beluga have been badly
reduced by human fishing and poaching, and many
countries have now passed laws to protect them.

Chinese Paddlefish {Psephurus gladius}
Also known as the Chinese Swordfish, the Chinese
Paddlefish is a very endangered species and since
1983 the Peoples Rebublic Of China has made it
illegal to fish or kill these fish. They are rarely seen
today, raising concerns that the species might already
be on its way to extinction. They are only found in the
Yangtze River and a few other isolated ponds. The
largest of these fish are said to be over six feet long
and weight over 200 lbs.

Giant Freshwater Stingray {Himantura chaophraya}
The Giant Freshwater Stingray is a species of stingray
in the family Dasyatidae, native to large rivers and
estuaries in Southeast Asia. It is one of the largest
freshwater fishes in the world, with reports from the
Chao Phraya and Mekong Rivers of individuals weighing
between 1,100 to 1,300 lbs. Its numbers are dwindling
due to overfishing and habitat loss, and some local
populations are in danger of going extinct.

Giant Mekong Catfish {Pangasius gigas}
The Giant Mekong Catfish has the honour of holding the
official world record for largest fresh water fish ever
captured. Caught in Thailand in 2005, it weighted 646
lbs. and was over nine feet long. This freshwater fish
lives in the Mekong river, which flows from China to
southeast Asia, all the way down to Thailand and

Kaluga {Huso dauricus}
The Kaluga is a critically endangered species that lives
in the Amur River Basin in Russia and China. It is one of
the largest in the sturgeon family and can weight up to
2200 lbs. and be over 18 feet long. Although it is a
fresh water fish, the Kaluga does spend some of its life
in salt water. The species’ numbers have been greatly
reduced by overfishing and poaching, prompting many
governments to enact restrictions on its trade.

Taimen {Hucho taimen}
The Taimen, also known as Siberian Taimen and
Siberian Salmon, is a species of fish in the salmon
family. Found in Russia and Mongolia, they have been
known to grow up to seven feet long and over 200 lbs.

White Sturgeon {Acipenser transmontanus}
Found on the west coast of North America, the White
Sturgeon is the largest freshwater fish in North America
and is the third largest species of sturgeon, after the
Beluga and the Kaluga. The white sturgeon is known to
reach a maximum size of 1,798 lbs. and 6.1 meters
(20.1 feet) long.

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8 Responses to “Worlds Largest Fresh Water Fish”
  1. Joie Schmidt Says...

    On April 23, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Very interesting!



    -Liane Schmidt.

  2. Sourav Says...

    On April 24, 2010 at 4:53 am

    I liked the article. Something new to learn! :)

  3. drelayaraja Says...

    On April 26, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Wonderful Information…

  4. XXElleXX Says...

    On May 4, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    The Murray cod is Australia’s largest freshwater fish .. anglers love em cause they taste good and they have a real fighting spirit. They can grow to 1.8 metres in length and if you believe the newspaper reports .. Murray cod weighing-in at 113 kilograms, have been caught. Your average size would be between 3 and 15 kilograms. ~ very interesting Steve :-)

  5. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On May 5, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Wow!, those are some big fish. I have never seen them so large.

  6. neha80 Says...

    On May 6, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Interesting Piece.

    Today I know more about it. Good subject selection for writing article.

    Thanks for sharing good one.


  7. AWritingSighting Says...

    On March 8, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Right….the Alligator Gar will be around long after we have vacated the planet

  8. Paty_Reddevil Says...

    On January 31, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Hopefully, after 20 years we see the same list without any extinction……

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